[vdr] Recommendation for new hd vdr system.

Seppo Ingalsuo seppo.ingalsuo at iki.fi
Tue Nov 17 19:48:33 CET 2009

Luca Olivetti wrote:
> If the only planned source is a pc (running vdr and, say, xmbc), would 
> it make sense to bypass the av receiver completely and just decode the 
> audio on the pc connected to the speakers?
> Or it doesn't make sense (since you'll need an amplifier for each 
> channel anyway, so you could just as well buy an av receiver)?
Good point! I suppose the benefit of going for AVR is better speakers 
management: levels, delays, response correction and subwooofer crossover 
filters. The effects are actually usable. I'm using stereo and surround 
modes from Onkyo AVR. I've been also quite happy  with Audussey setup. A 
pure PC plus amplifiers (class-D modules) could be superior to AVR in 
those tasks but I'm not aware of such developments for e.g. ALSA user 
space or PulseAudio.
> Just asking, since with wife, kids, and neighbours, I'll probably have 
> to convince myself that the tv speakers are good enough ;-)
The center channel is really good for any TV watching. But my wife is 
not happy without a properly programmed universal remote. A "watch VDR" 
macro does all the powering and routing.


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